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Only in Washington would a decision to continue borrowing trillions of dollars endlessly to pay for programs that are useless, counterproductive and unconstitutional be considered a bipartisan compromise worth celebrating.

This is dysfunctional government at its worst.

We have a president who seven years ago voted to oppose any more borrowing, rightfully calling it irresponsible and reckless – and that was when the debt was less than half of what it is now. Now he claims that any talk about freezing borrowing is irresponsible and reckless. Go figure.

We have a Republican House of Representatives that is Republican only because of pledges in 2010 and 2012 to cut spending and freeze the debt. But the Republican leadership doesn’t have the stomach or will to do either.

We have a Democratic Senate that insists on exempting members of Congress and their staffs from the compassionate coercion of Obamacare. It’s good enough for the American people, but not good enough for the gilded princes of Capitol Hill.

Do these folks still have legitimacy for the American people?

Are we under any obligation to subject ourselves to their contemptuous rule?

Isn’t there some provision in the law that allows sovereign individuals to exempt themselves from such defiance of the will of the people?

I’ve been upset with Washington before, but what has transpired there over the last few months is making my head spin and my heart ache.

Is this really the nation of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and John Adams?

Is this the country born in rebellion against tyranny far less abhorrent than what we see in Washington today?

Is this the land that gave us men willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for self-government?

What has become of us? And where do we go from here?

If there ever was a time for another declaration of independence, this is it. Read those grievances the founders had. They don’t look nearly as grievous as what faces us today.

But where are our leaders? Where are the Samuel Adamses and the Patrick Henrys? Where is the passion for a better life for our children and our children’s children? Why are today’s Americans content to make the burden of their children and their children’s children heavier for a free ride today?

Are we even worthy of calling ourselves Americans while tolerating the criminal misbehavior we see in Washington today?

Maybe it’s time for a march on Washington.

Maybe it’s time for a Million-American rally on the mall.

Maybe it’s time for another “I Have a Dream Speech” followed by a little civil disobedience.

I don’t know.

But I do know we can’t roll over and do nothing. We can’t watch Washington steal our money and our freedom – and the wealth and liberty of our children – without an appropriate response. We can’t go back to business as usual, allowing Barack Obama and Congress to treat us like their subjects.

Any ideas? I’m all ears.

I believe those of us who are liberty-minded, self-governing individuals who want to be left alone by government need to start acting up – much like the political left has done for decades. We need to be relentless, too. We need to be visible and in their faces, too. We need to raise our voices loud, too.

Are we willing to do it?

Are we willing to sacrifice just a little?

Are we willing to fight for our liberty?

Are we willing to say “no” to government when they tell you how you can get health care and how you can’t?

Are you willing to say “no” to government when they hand you the $17 trillion check and tell you we have to pay government’s bills or it will get a bad credit score?

Are you willing to say “no” to government the way our founders did?

 

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